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NCJ Number: 137145 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Addicts: Are They Out of Control?
Author(s): J C Brady II
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 220
Sponsoring Agency: Western Book/Journal Press
San Mateo, CA 94402
Publication Number: ISBN 0-936029-24-2
Sale Source: Western Book/Journal Press
P.O. Box 5226
San Mateo, CA 94402
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drug addicts do not suffer with a medical disease, but rather are out of control psychologically.
Abstract: A study was conducted at the California Rehabilitation Center to address several important questions related to drug addiction and treatment: why are drug addicts out of control; what happens to a drug addict's self concept; is social class related to drug use; what is the most effective type of treatment; what role does age play in repeat drug use; can education help stop the American drug dilemma; does ethnic background affect drug use; how can the drug user's success rate be increased; and does marijuana use lead to "hard drugs." The findings show that in addition to being out of control, the primary reason for using drugs is the user's poor self-concept formation as well as feelings of being "out of control." Offenders who accept responsibility and blameworthiness for their action need a therapeutic climate of supportive guidance as provided in the non-directive treatment approach. Recidivist offenders, external on locus of control and unfavorable on self-concept and who do not accept responsibility for their behavior, might benefit from a direct therapy such as Glasser's reality therapy. 32 tables, 200 references, and 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Drug dependence; Self concept
Index Term(s): California; Drug offenders; Psychological evaluation; Social classes
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